Stanford Social Innovation Review : Informing and inspiring leaders of social change


Economic Development


Social innovations that improve the living standards of the poor


Enough Is Enough

To promote conservation, mitigate economic inequality, and more, Enough Is Enough envisions a world in which we pursue merely "enough" rather than unending economic growth.

By Rob Dietz & Dan O'Neill | Jan. 7, 2013

New Option for Retirees

State-sponsored pensions for private sector employees aim to stem US retirement insecurity.


From Dependency to Self-Sufficiency

The Africa Governance Initiative aims to support a new generation of African leaders building strong, transformative government institutions.


Investing in Arab Entrepreneurs

Endeavor’s expansion to Egypt and Jordan is helping to create thousands of jobs.


The Last Hunger Season

In The Last Hunger Season, Roger Thurow shares the experience of a year in Africa with four smallholder farmers.

By Roger Thurow | Sep. 14, 2012

Rethinking Global Development Goals

The successors to the Millennium Development Goals must take advantage of the power of NGOs, companies, and technologically enabled citizens.


Unequal Market Access

Markets can promote economic development, as long as they are inclusive.


Changing Savings Habits

Can financial education in grade school have long-term effects?


Sexually Transmitted Altruism

DKT International, founded by one of the largest erotica distributors in the United States, provides contraceptives to approximately 50 million people a year in the developing world.


Banking on Low-Income Families

The Center for Community Self-Help provides financial services to those who can’t afford to live without them.